Limon Hossain, a college student who was shot and maimed by Rab five months ago, was fitted with an artificial leg yesterday.
A Rapid Action Battalion team on March 23 shot the 16-year-old boy in the left leg when he was taking his cows to a grazing field at Chhaturia village of Jhalakathi. After four days, the leg had to be amputated from the thigh to stop the spread of infection due to excessive bleeding.
At Ganoshasthya Nagar Hospital yesterday, Limon said, “I am so happy. I can attend my college from now,” with a smile while trying out the artificial leg.
The technical team of Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) in Savar fixed the artificial leg yesterday.
Limon had to take a seven-day long training on how to walk with an artificial leg, said Sheikh Mohammad Abdul Latif, an expert in fixing artificial limb at the CDD.
“With more practice, Limon will be able to walk with ease in the future,” he added.
After the shooting incident, the Rab team claimed that Limon sustained bullet injuries in a shootout between them and Limon’s associates. They also filed two cases against him– one for possessing illegal arms, and the other for obstructing them in discharging their duties and opening fire on them.
Following a bail petition filed by Ain O Salish Kendra, a human rights organisation, the High Court granted Limon bail for six months on May 6. The court also directed the government to arrange and pay for his treatment at one of the country’s best hospitals as per Limon’s choice.
Limon yesterday said he worries about the continuation of the “false” cases against him.
“I will have to appear in court regularly if the cases are not withdrawn,” said Limon expressing his fear of further harassment by Rab or police.
“I appeal to the government to withdraw the cases so I can lead a normal life,” he said.
Courtesy of The Daily Star